Sicherheitskultur im Wandel

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Verunsicherte Gesellschaft - überforderter Staat: Zum Wandel der Sicherheitskultur

04/2014: Third Edited Volume

The third Security Culture book has been released. Politik und Unsicherheit: Strategien in einer sich wandelnden Sicherheitskultur  (Politics and Insecurity: Strategies of a Changing Security Culture) is edited by Christopher Daase, Stefan Engert and Georgios Kolliarakis and published by Campus.

Insecurity has become one of the main challenges of politics: Both the extent of the threats faced and the efficacy of countermeasures is uncertain. The resulting changes in security culture challenge the state's ability to conduct politics.

This book discusses options and strategies when dealing with four dilemmata: objective and subjective threat assessment; responsibility and liability in complex threat scenarios; communication between trivialization and dramatization of risks and intended and unintended consequences of security research. The authors are scientists, decision makers and practitioners of security politics.

The book can be ordered from the publishing house Campus [Campus]


Special Issue Friedens-Warte: Responsibility to Protect - Normative Expectations and Political Practice

09/2013: Special Issue Friedens-Warte

Special Issue"Die Friedens-Warte - A Journal of International Peace and Organization" / Volume 88 / Issue 1-2Title: "Responsibility to Protect - Normative Expectations and Political Practice"Guest Editors: Christopher Daase und Julian Junk

The journal can be ordered from the at the Friedens-Warte website [Friedens-Warte] and the publisher [Berliner Wissenschafts-Verlag]

Content Friedens-Warte Special Issue: Responsibility to protect – Normative Expactations and Political Practice

  1. Introduction: Responsibility to Protect – Normative Expectations and Political Practice
    by Christopher Daase and Julian Junk

  2. Is the R2P Failing? The Controversy about Norm Justification and Norm Application of the Responsibility to Protect
    by Nicole Deitelhoff

  3. Legalizing Legitimacy. A Critique of the Responsibility to Protect as Emerging Norm
    by Christopher Daase

  4. Security Council Resolution 1973 in the Case of Libya – A Milestone for the Anchorage of the Responsibility to Protect in Public International Law
    by Christopher Verlage

  5. Libya, the Responsibility to Protect and Germany’s Abstention Vote in the UN Security Council on Resolution 1973 of March 17, 2011
    by Wolfgang Seibel

  6. Responsibility to Pretend? Symbolic Politics and the Non-Military Dimension of the R2P
    by Caroline Fehl

  7. Humanitarian Pleas, Humanitarian Interventions? Media Reporting, Government Action and the International Engagement in Sudan
    by Julian Junk

  8. Dilemmas of the International Protection of People from Mass Atrocities. An Outlook
    by Lothar Brock

Verunsicherte Gesellschaft - überforderter Staat: Zum Wandel der Sicherheitskultur

04/2013: Second Edited Volume

The second Security Culture book has been released. Verunsicherte Gesellschaft - überforderter Staat: Zum Wandel der Sicherheitskultur (Insecure Society - Overwhelmed State. On Changes in Security Culture) is edited by Christopher Daase, Stefan Engert and Julian Junk and published by Campus.

Security policy today no longer focuses only on military risks, but also economic, ecological and humanitarian risks. Along with the state's security demands, society's have to be taken into account and addressed. This poses new challenges for politics: On the one hand, state institutions are obliged to fulfill society's security expectations, on the other hand new security policy decisions are often met with public criticism and a lack of understanding. The authors analyze official reactions in this new and ambivalent security environment in the areas of terrorism, cyber security, energy security, health risks, human rights and economics.

The book can be ordered from the publishing house Campus [Campus]


Sicherheitskultur: Soziale und politische Praktiken der Gefahrenabwehr

04/2012: First Edited Volume

The first Security Culture book is out. Sicherheitskultur - Soziale und politische Praktiken der Gefahrenabwehr (Security Culture: Social and political practices of danger defense) is edited by Christopher Daase, Philipp Offermann and Valentin Rauer and published by Campus.

The entitlement to security is steadily growing and challenges governmental control responsibilities. As a result, the security promises made by the state and international organisations are getting bigger - but also harder to achieve. The articles in this edited volume pursue this paradox. They develop a complex understanding of Security Culture, discuss methods of analysing and describe the change of social and political practices in handling with dangers.

The volume can be ordered from the publishing house Campus [Campus]


S+F Titelbild

08/2011: S+F - Security and Peace Special Issue

The German journal S+F - Security and Peace has been published, a special issue on Security Culture. Christopher Daase is guest-editing and has assembled articles on a wide range of different topics, both from within the project and from guest authors. The articles are written in German, but see this English summary of what they are about:

The articles of this volume deal with different aspects of security culture. The first three articles develop the conceptual framework. Christopher Daase describes the role of culture in security studies and argues for a cultural studies approach in order to understand the transformation of security culture and policy [Download]. Such an approach could also help to integrate the findings of other disciplines and build the foundation for interdisciplinary security research. The article by Valentin Rauer investigates the conceptual history of security culture. It shows that the notion was adopted by German media after the Chernobyl incident and that its meaning changed significantly over time. Rauer argues that security culture has a double function to stabilize the identity of collective actors and to establish the relationship of human beings to their social and material environment [Download]. Georgios Kolliarakis describes security culture as "deep context", which does not directly cause political decisions but which does influence the activation, direction and impact of causal factors in security policy. Especially during ambivalent situations of risk and uncertainty, security culture provides interpretive guidelines for how to perceive reality and judge situations.

In order to address new research questions, the next three articles emphasise methodologies that so far have not been applied much in security studies. Gabi Schlag argues that securitization is not only the effect of words but also of pictures. The cover of TIME Magazine of an Afghan woman with a cut-off nose is interpreted as the visualization of the responsibility to protect and the attempt to mobilize political support for humanitarian intervention. In order to understand the increasing importance of pictures in security culture, the author argues, a new political iconology is needed [Download]. Christopher Daase and Philipp Offermann apply the method of participating observation to the social practices and discourses of the security and peace conferences that take place in Munich every year. They conceptualize both conferences as sub-cultures of security and analyze the stylizing practices of high culture and counter-culture, respectively. Rainer Hülsse provides an auto-ethnographic micro-analysis by describing the reactions of his personal milieu to the cooperation of the German army and a local kindergarten. He observes how the everyday culture of childhood partially merges with the security culture of German barracks.

The last three articles deal with specific policy fields. Julian Junk analyzes the debate about the responsibility to protect in order to show that a global security culture requires both, a normative order and its political implementation. Stefan Engert poses the question why global health governance was securitized in the first place. He identifies two causes: The rise of objective insecurity by globalization and the many opportunities of diseases to spread quickly, and the rise of subjective insecurity by increased risk awareness and communication. The article by Susanne Fischer and Carlo Masala finally inquires into the mechanisms of securitization in the case of airport security. By investigating the prohibition of liquids and the introduction of the body scanner, they show how security culture is negotiated between security provider and security receiver.

Although the research questions and cases investigated differ, the articles of this issue do show hat security culture is a necessary aspect in order to understand the transformation of security policy.

Recent publications

December 2010: The current issue 50/2010 of the German journal 'Aus Politik und Zeitgeschichte' features an article by Christopher Daase, "Wandel der Sicherheitskultur" ("Transformation of Security Culture"). The whole issue can be downloaded at APuZ. APuZ 50/2010

Other relevant presentations and publications that explore the transformation of the security term and security culture more broadly:

  • Daase, Christopher. 2009. “Das erweiterte Sicherheitsverständnis und seine politischen Implikationen“. 8. Januar 2009, München: Lehrgang der Bundesakademie für Sicherheitspolitik.
  • Daase, Christopher. 2009. „Sicherheit und Sicherheitsverständnis im Wandel“. 15. Januar 2009, München: Besuch der Deutschen Stiftung Friedensforschung bei der CSU-Landesgruppe im Bayrischen Landtag.
  • Daase, Christopher. 2009. „The Organized Crime - Terror - Nexus“. 23.-24. April 2009, Brüssel: Conference on Human Security in the Western Balkans.
  • Daase, Christopher. 2009. „Erweiterte Sicherheit. Politische und rechtliche Folgen eines Sprachwandels“. 30.-31. Oktober 2009, Bremen: Konferenz zu Transformation von Recht und Politik globaler Sicherheit. SFB Universität Bremen.
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